Weekend winter storm hits the Philadelphia region

Clay Curtis
January 21, 2019

Chicago could see 9 inches of snow by midday, the National Weather Service said.

A major snowstorm will strike the U.S. Midwest and Northeast this weekend, with roughly 100 million people reportedly under some form of a winter storm watch, warning or advisory.

A United Airlines plane has skidded off a runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport amid snowy and icy weather. Accumulating snow will lead to slippery roads particularly on bridges, exit ramps and overpasses.

The Lehigh Valley is expected to see snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches of snow, along with a light glaze of ice accumulations.

The latest model forecast indicates snow starting Saturday evening in Boston and NY, which will then turn into a wintry mix and freezing rain overnight into Sunday. There has also been some drifting of snow because of the wind.

The storm is expected to bring 12-18 inches of snow to the Bangor area and much of eastern Maine. Areas north of Bangor can expect 18-24 inches.

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Portland's public bus system suspended its Sunday service ahead of the storm, and buses will resume running on Monday.

People throughout parts of the U.S. Midwest woke Saturday to a heavy and steady snowfall that forced the cancellation of hundreds of airline flights and made driving risky.

Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, closed for several hours Friday after a Southwest Airlines flight went off a runway while taxiing. Amtrak cancelled some trains Saturday from Chicago to Washington and NY and between NY and Boston and Pennsylvania on Sunday.

A winter storm is inching its way toward New England after dumping snow and slowing travel for residents in the Midwest and Plains states.

The snow will be followed on Monday by bitterly cold temperatures zero to 10 degrees below and daytime highs in the single digits in the south and mid-teens in the north, according to Walker and Sinsabaugh. It's expected to be more significant for the Northeast than the first.

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